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 SOUNDTEST
Warriors of Light February 18, 2005

Rexy ?Judge? RedBeastMage Total Score
Remix
31
24
33
88/105
Creativity
45
39
44
128/150
Production
14
12
14
40/45
Total
90
75
91
256

Rexy

Remix

The mix is highly recognizable towards the source, which has shown aspects of the accompaniment providing the entire drive towards the listener within its duration. The execution is shown to be very smooth and well thoughtful all the way through; while this was shown to be a good element to begin with, there did seem to be a light off-key segment at 1:52 and a stuttered note at 2:50. From what I've seen this is one of the more creative variations on the theme I must have heard within my time, which has managed to provide a good amount of energetic flow throughout; although while the intended moods appear to be different from the original this has managed to stand strong as a thoughtful variation on the theme. The theme itself has managed to be granted a lot of variance - a different key from the original, some light alterations on the melody rhythms among the line and some tempo shifting on a few of the progressions are three of the key highlights that have managed to make this portion shine. Often the sections have provided a very good structure around them, even though the middle area dedicated to the second phase of the original theme seemed to be given a slight amount of over emphasis on the line. I also feel the fadeout could have been a bit gentler considering the original portions also running through that phase, but otherwise this has been well thought out.

Creativity

The whole piece is covered with creativity outside the source, not only through the variance on the themes but also some freestyle progressions at 1:32 and 3:12. The linking of the sections shows that the song doesn't really seem to stand still for a moment, thus everything has been provided at a strong enough link to satisfy a lot of listeners. Given the scope of the mix I would have asked for more going on but it shouldn't be bothered too much. The general adult contemporary rock status isn't necessarily a genre to call exciting, but the progressions have managed to provide a very good set of fresh pacing all around it. Mind, it did have a light hiccup when it came to repetition, most notably with the accompaniment in the middle proportion, as well as some minor elements in the ending (although that's pretty much saved by some creative guitar work alongside it). I can say that you will really enjoy the track if you're into the genre, mind even if you're not the creative flow and performance emphasis have granted a status strong enough to make it accessible for a very broad range of the outside audience.

Production

The mix has got a solid combination of recorded sounds (mainly the guitar elements) and sequenced instrumentation (mainly the keyboard/pad related instruments... and maybe the drums?); looking on at the samples provided for the backing track, they are shown to be very unusual and have been manipulated well to shine at a very high quality; one little nitpick I have here seemed to be relating to the tone on the snare sample being a bit "ringing", but that may not be shown as a crucial problem for most of the audience. EQs have been shown appropriately and have provided a solid enough sound filled with clarity all around, even on the recorded portions of the piece. The quality of the guitar recording was provided at a solid performance and has provided some further realism all around. I saw that the sound levels were very loud and brash, emphasizing on the true nature of live performance, therefore that has made for one of the arrangement's strongest qualities. Even the panning has been well emphasized, with enough spread towards the drum fragments and great thought to texture work all around. So generally, this has to be one of the best produced songs in the competition - props to you, Darangen.

?Judge?

Remix

Interesting variation on the original, very evident understanding of the style.

Creativity

Creative treatment of the original theme, perhaps over-emphasizing development of certain aspects of the tune.

Production

Quite excellent, but some notes slightly out of tune.

Redbeastmage

Remix

Definitely captures the feel of the original piece, while maintaining strong independence. I feel that, despite how Badass the guitar solos are, they could have used a bit more source material, or even just a bit more of the feel of the original material, but that is the only remix shortcoming I can find.

Creativity

As I mentioned before, I'm a big fan of your guitar work, and the solos in this are masterpieces, despite my previous comments. You did an excellent job with putting a solid rock feel behind this piece. Occasionally the drum rhythm sounds a bit odd, almost unnatural. Also, I have to ask about the ending; A fadeout? Come on, you can do better then that. All in all, a very well put together rock song that will be pleasing my ears for a long time to come.

Production

Well mixed, well panned, well done. My only complaint is that the drums could use a touch up in the sample departement (very fake sounding hits).



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